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Last updated on September 1st, 2023

Labourer day rate

Thinking of hiring a labourer but don’t want to be hit with a large, unexpected bill? We've all been there. This cost guide will outline labourer day rate and hourly rate costs. Do bear in mind these are only ballpark costs. For an accurate quote, contact at least three labourers near you for a cost.

Labourer day rate

Low costHigh cost Average
Labourer hourly rate £14£45£30
Labourer day rate£112£360£240

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If the work will take a full day or multiple days, a labourer will price the job according to their day rate. The average day rate for a labourer in the UK is roughly between £112 – £360. If you’re hiring a labourer for an emergency call out, this fee will most likely be higher due to the short notice.

Labourer hourly rate

Labourers will usually price a job on an hourly rate for smaller jobs that will take less than a day. A labourer’s hourly rate is usually around £14 – £45.

Some labourers may charge a minimum call-out fee in the UK.

What could affect the cost of hiring a labourer?

There are a few factors that will influence the cost of hiring a labourer, by the hour or for a day.

Labourer qualifications

A more qualified labourer will be more expensive than a labourer with less official training. A labourer with a completed degree, NVQ or equivalent will be expertly trained in their field and will charge more for this expertise.


A more experienced labourer will charge more for their time and experience that someone starting out in their trade. They will be able to show proof of their knowledge through recommendations, reviews and testimonials from previous clients.

The type of job

A labourer will price each job according to its difficulty and the skill needed to complete it. More so, if a certain task requires specialist equipment and materials, this will also be included in the cost of hiring a labourer.

labourer day rate


Location is also a cost-determining factor. If you live in an area like London, you can expect to pay around £80 more for a tradesperson on day rates, and around £5 more on hourly rates.

Skill shortage

In the UK there has been a construction skill shortage for some time. In trades such as roofing, businesses are struggling to find labourers to work. This will affect the cost and availability of skilled tradesmen as there is too much demand for them to cope with.

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What tasks can a labourer do?

A labourer typically will perform manual tasks that require a lot of strength and fitness. A labourer will commonly be working in construction, bricklaying or aiding groundwork. They also often have specific skills in carpentry. A labourer will also be able to complete any necessary paperwork which comes with the job, and the planning which comes with it.

How much does a labourer cost?

A labourer will cost between £112 – £360 per day. Hourly, a labourer will cost between £14 – £45. Some labourers may have a minimum call-out fee.

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